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  Labor Situation - State of Connecticut Last Updated: August 20, 2015
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Connecticut gains 4,100 jobs in July as unemployment rate falls to 5.4%.
WETHERSFIELD, August 20, 2015 - Preliminary Connecticut July non-farm employment numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) establishment survey show the state increased jobs by 4,100 (0.24%) last month to a level of 1,696,000, seasonally adjusted. This is the third monthly nonfarm job gain in a row, signifying a fairly strong employment summer so far. The state is now estimated to have added 30,600 nonfarm positions (1.84%, 2,550 jobs per month) over the year. June’s small initial nonfarm job gain of a 600 (0.04%) was not revised but some underlying industry supersector components did change.

The unemployment rate for July 2015 was 5.4% in Connecticut, seasonally adjusted, now much closer to the U.S. unemployment rate (5.3%). This is down three-tenths of a percentage point from the revised June 2015 unemployment rate of 5.7% and down a full percentage point from the July 2014 unemployment rate of 6.4%. As summer approached this year, the state’s unemployment rate declined substantially, down from 6.0% in May 2015. Connecticut’s unemployment rate has not been this low since May 2008, when it was also 5.4%

“The pace of decline in the state’s unemployed has accelerated in the last three months,” said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. “This has brought Connecticut’s unemployment rate to a level nearly identical level with the U.S. average.”

Connecticut’s Private Sectors added 3,000 (0.21%) jobs this July and has now grown by 29,800 (2.09%) over the year. The Government supersector also contributed job gains in July (1,100, 0.46%) and now is also participating in job growth over the year (800, 0.78%).

The Professional and Business Services (2,700, 1.3%) supersector was the largest job gainer last month with a very strong administrative and support service component (3,200, 3.6%) which includes the temporary help and landscaping segments. Another large gain was experienced in the Education and Health Services (1,600, 0.5%) supersector. Financial Activities (1,100, 0.8%) and the Government (1,100, 0.5%) supersectors both added 1,100 positions. Financial activities, which were very slow to recover from the recession, turned positive lately over the year (2,600, 2.0%) while local government (1,300, 0.8%) supported July’s government gain. The Manufacturing supersector was higher last month (600, 0.4%) and a small gain was also registered in Other Services (100, 0.2%).

The combined Construction and Mining (-2,300, -3.8%) supersector led the job declining supersectors this July. Although construction and mining lost the same number of jobs in July that it had gained in June, it still remains with positive growth over the year (1,900, 3.3%). Smaller job losses were seen in Information (-300, -0.9%), Leisure and Hospitality (-300, -0.2%), and Trade, Transportation & Utilities (-200, -0.1%). Leisure and hospitality (6,200, 4.1%) still leads all ten major industry supersectors in job growth (magnitude) since July 2014.

The year-to-date Connecticut nonfarm job growth pace (seasonally adjusted) for the first seven months of 2015 is 17,900 compared to 12,400 for the first seven months of 2014.

Recession Recovery: Connecticut has now recovered 102,000 positions, or 85.7% of the 119,000 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs that were lost in the state during the March 2008 - February 2010 employment downturn. Connecticut’s jobs recovery is now 65 months old and is averaging about 1,569 jobs per month since February 2010. There have been 45 monthly job gains (69.2%), 19 monthly job losses, and one unchanged month (November 2010) in the ongoing recovery period. The private sector has recovered employment at a faster pace (approximately 1,665 per month) and has now replenished 108,200 (97.0%) of the 111,600 private sector jobs that were lost during the same employment recession. The state needs to reach the 1,713,000 job level to enter a full nonfarm employment expansionary phase. This will require an additional 17,000 nonfarm jobs. A total of just 3,400 more private sector positions are needed to have a fully recovered private sector. The government supersector has continued to lose positions (net -6,200) during the employment recovery timeframe.

Labor Market Areas (LMAs): The July 2015 preliminary nonfarm job statistics indicate that two of the four major Connecticut Labor Market Areas that are seasonally adjusted by the BLS generated job gains while two declined. The two largest regional labor markets in the state, the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA (3,500,0.6%, 578,400) and the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA (2,600, 0.6%, 413,800) posted solid seasonal job gains while the New Haven LMA (-900, -0.3%, 280,700) and the Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA (-200, -0.2%, 127,100) experienced seasonally adjusted job losses. Over the year, four of the six major Connecticut BLS-recognized LMAs have produced annualized job gains, with just the Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA (-1,200, -0.9%, seasonally adjusted over the year) lower, and the Danbury LMA (not seasonally adjusted over the year) unchanged. Note: The six major Connecticut LMAs are estimated independently (only the largest four LMAs are officially seasonally adjusted) from the statewide numbers by the BLS and cover over 90% of the nonfarm employment in the state. These estimates will not fully sum to the statewide total.

Hours and Earnings: The private sector workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 33.4 hours in July 2015, down three-tenths of an hour from the same month a year ago (33.7, -0.9%). Average hourly earnings at $28.71, not seasonally adjusted, were up 81 cents, or 2.9%, from the July 2014 estimate. The resulting average private sector weekly pay was figured at $958.91, up $18.68, or 2.0% higher than a year ago. The 12-month percent change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U, U.S. City Average, not seasonally adjusted) in July 2015 was only 0.2%. Information for the manufacturing production workweek and earnings can be found in the table section of this release under the “Hours and Earnings” data category. Current all-employee private sector hours and earnings estimates can be volatile due to fluctuating sample responses.

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Jul 2015 Jul 2014 Change Rate % Jul 2015 Jun 2015 Change Rate % May 2015 Apr 2015 Mar 2015
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,696,000 1,665,400 30,600 1.8% 1,696,000 1,691,900 4,100 0.2% 1,691,300 1,685,400 1,686,000
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,457,000 1,427,200 29,800 2.1% 1,457,000 1,454,000 3,000 0.2% 1,451,400 1,445,300 1,447,400
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
go to Construction sector data table Construction 58,300 56,300 2,000 3.6% 58,300 60,500 -2,200 -3.6% 58,300 56,000 54,700
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 161,200 159,200 2,000 1.3% 161,200 160,600 600 0.4% 159,800 160,900 159,700
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Transportation and Public Utilities 306,700 300,700 6,000 2.0% 306,700 306,900 -200 -0.1% 306,900 303,600 304,900
go to Information sector data table Information 31,700 31,900 -200 -0.6% 31,700 32,000 -300 -0.9% 31,900 31,700 31,700
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 131,300 128,700 2,600 2.0% 131,300 130,200 1,100 0.8% 129,500 129,500 129,400
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 217,100 211,800 5,300 2.5% 217,100 214,400 2,700 1.3% 214,500 214,600 217,300
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 330,600 325,400 5,200 1.6% 330,600 329,000 1,600 0.5% 330,100 330,100 329,600
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 155,800 149,600 6,200 4.1% 155,800 156,100 -300 -0.2% 156,100 154,700 155,500
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 63,800 63,000 800 1.3% 63,800 63,700 100 0.2% 63,800 63,700 64,000
go to Government sector data table Government 239,000 238,200 800 0.3% 239,000 237,900 1,100 0.5% 239,900 240,100 238,600
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 142,071,000 139,156,000 2,915,000 2.1% 142,071,000 141,856,000 215,000 0.2% 141,619,000 141,399,000 141,144,000
 Labor Force / Residents Employed / Residents Unemployed Top
Based on the Local Area Unemployment Statistics model (LAUS - a statistical model integrating residential survey data), the number of Connecticut unemployed, seasonally adjusted, declined a statistically significant 5,185 (-4.8%) over the month to 103,733 in July 2015. The number of unemployed state residents has fallen by 17,120 (-14.2%) since July 2014 (also considered statistically significant).
  2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
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Jan   1,887.5 1,755.9 131.6 1,893.5 1,723.6 169.9 1,918.5 1,741.4 177.1 1,903.1 1,745.9 157.2 1,866.9 1,716.5 150.4 1,875.0 1,741.7 133.3 1,904.5 1,784.2 120.2
Feb   1,887.8 1,751.2 136.6 1,895.4 1,724.1 171.3 1,918.1 1,741.5 176.5 1,901.0 1,744.2 156.8 1,865.4 1,716.5 148.9 1,877.6 1,746.1 131.6 1,909.9 1,788.0 121.9
Mar   1,888.4 1,746.9 141.5 1,897.8 1,725.8 172.0 1,916.7 1,741.4 175.3 1,898.5 1,741.3 157.2 1,865.1 1,717.5 147.6 1,879.7 1,750.2 129.5 1,915.8 1,794.0 121.9
Apr   1,889.3 1,743.3 145.9 1,900.8 1,728.4 172.4 1,914.6 1,741.0 173.5 1,895.4 1,737.4 158.0 1,865.9 1,719.5 146.3 1,881.0 1,753.9 127.1 1,920.6 1,800.6 120.0
May   1,890.1 1,740.3 149.8 1,904.0 1,731.5 172.5 1,912.2 1,740.8 171.4 1,891.9 1,733.0 159.0 1,867.1 1,722.0 145.2 1,881.8 1,757.2 124.6 1,921.7 1,806.6 115.1
Jun   1,890.7 1,737.7 153.0 1,907.2 1,734.5 172.7 1,910.2 1,741.1 169.0 1,888.3 1,728.6 159.7 1,868.2 1,724.3 143.8 1,882.7 1,760.3 122.4 1,918.1 1,809.2 108.9
Jul   1,891.0 1,735.3 155.7 1,910.0 1,736.8 173.2 1,908.8 1,742.1 166.7 1,884.8 1,725.0 159.9 1,868.7 1,726.3 142.4 1,884.3 1,763.5 120.9 1,910.9 1,807.2 103.7
Aug   1,891.2 1,733.0 158.2 1,912.4 1,738.4 174.0 1,907.9 1,743.4 164.5 1,881.5 1,722.3 159.3 1,868.6 1,727.9 140.7 1,886.8 1,766.7 120.0
Sep   1,891.3 1,730.7 160.7 1,914.3 1,739.3 175.0 1,907.4 1,744.8 162.5 1,878.4 1,720.4 158.0 1,868.5 1,729.4 139.1 1,889.9 1,770.1 119.8
Oct   1,891.4 1,728.2 163.2 1,915.9 1,739.9 176.0 1,906.8 1,746.1 160.8 1,875.3 1,719.1 156.2 1,868.9 1,731.4 137.5 1,893.3 1,773.6 119.7
Nov   1,891.6 1,725.8 165.7 1,917.2 1,740.5 176.8 1,906.0 1,746.8 159.3 1,872.2 1,718.0 154.2 1,870.2 1,734.1 136.0 1,896.5 1,776.8 119.7
Dec   1,892.2 1,724.2 168.0 1,918.1 1,741.0 177.2 1,904.8 1,746.7 158.0 1,869.3 1,717.1 152.2 1,872.3 1,737.6 134.7 1,899.4 1,779.5 119.9
 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate Top
Connecticut’s unemployment rate was estimated at 5.4% for July 2015 (seasonally adjusted). This is down by three-tenths of a percentage point from the June 2015 figure (5.7%), and down a full percentage point from the July 2014 rate of 6.4%. Connecticut’s unemployment rate has not been this low since May 2008, when it was also 5.4%, more than seven years ago. The big monthly drops in the state unemployment rate in June and July this year (down three-tenths of a percent each month, seasonally adjusted) have come on receding labor pools, but the labor force had just reached a new estimated all-time high in May 2015 (at 1,921,726*). The United States unemployment rate was 5.3% in July, unchanged from June 2015, but lower by nine-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago (6.2%). The Connecticut jobless rate is now much closer to the US unemployment rate in recent months. The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates were identical in July at 5.6%.
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Jan  5.0 5.0 0.0 7.0 7.8 0.8 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.2 0.0 8.3 8.3 0.0 8.1 8.0 -0.1 7.1 6.6 -0.5 6.3 5.7 -0.6
Feb  5.0 4.9 -0.1 7.2 8.3 1.1 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.0 -0.2 8.3 8.3 0.0 8.0 7.7 -0.3 7.0 6.7 -0.3 6.4 5.5 -0.9
Mar  5.1 5.1 0.0 7.5 8.7 1.2 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.0 -0.1 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.9 6.6 -0.3 6.4 5.5 -0.9
Apr  5.2 5.0 -0.2 7.7 9.0 1.3 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.1 0.0 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.8 7.6 -0.2 6.8 6.2 -0.6 6.2 5.4 -0.8
May  5.4 5.4 0.0 7.9 9.4 1.5 9.1 9.6 0.5 9.0 9.0 0.0 8.4 8.2 -0.2 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.6 6.3 -0.3 6.0 5.5 -0.5
Jun  5.5 5.6 0.1 8.1 9.5 1.4 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.8 9.1 0.3 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.7 7.5 -0.2 6.5 6.1 -0.4 5.7 5.3 -0.4
Jul  5.7 5.8 0.1 8.2 9.5 1.3 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.7 9.0 0.3 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.6 7.3 -0.3 6.4 6.2 -0.2 5.4 5.3 -0.1
Aug  5.9 6.1 0.2 8.4 9.6 1.2 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.6 9.0 0.4 8.5 8.0 -0.5 7.5 7.2 -0.3 6.4 6.1 -0.3
Sep  6.1 6.1 0.0 8.5 9.8 1.3 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.5 9.0 0.5 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.4 7.2 -0.2 6.3 5.9 -0.4
Oct  6.3 6.5 0.2 8.6 10.0 1.4 9.2 9.4 0.2 8.4 8.8 0.4 8.3 7.8 -0.5 7.4 7.2 -0.2 6.3 5.7 -0.6
Nov  6.5 6.8 0.3 8.8 9.9 1.1 9.2 9.8 0.6 8.4 8.6 0.2 8.2 7.7 -0.5 7.3 7.0 -0.3 6.3 5.8 -0.5
Dec  6.7 7.3 0.6 8.9 9.9 1.0 9.2 9.3 0.1 8.3 8.5 0.2 8.1 7.9 -0.2 7.2 6.7 -0.5 6.3 5.6 -0.7

The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate, based on a household survey, is a measure of the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected. Additionally, changes in methodology that culminated in March 2011 with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics assuming complete responsibility for estimating all states’ monthly nonfarm job counts, have contributed to the month-to-month variability in the numbers. Jobs estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month’s estimate.

Next Connecticut Labor Situation release: Thursday, September 17, 2015 (August 2015 data)
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